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New projects to boost the economy with qualified technicians in Indonesia, Tanzania, and Bolivia

Swisscontact is implementing three new projects to strengthen training of technicians qualified for the regional labour markets in Indonesia, Tanzania, and Bolivia. These projects support economic growth, social progress, and cultural advancement. Through enhanced skills and labour market integration, people can become engaged more actively in society and support inclusive economic growth.

Strengthening the dual tertiary vocational education system in Indonesia thanks to competitive technical colleges

In Indonesia, the way the labour market is structured and its dynamics constitute one of the most significant challenges to the economy and its growth moving forward. Technical qualifications offered by the national education system do not yet meet private sector standards.

The Skills for Competitiveness (S4C) programme’s objective is to resolve the qualifications deficit of technicians and engineers by ensuring selected technical colleges’ curricula reflect the demands of the Indonesian economy. The programme strengthens the dual mechanism by involving the private sector in the national vocational education system. Working with five Polytechnics, economic opportunities are created with advancements in peripheral regions in the metal, furniture, wood and food processing sectors.

The programme is being implemented by a Swiss consortium composed of Swisscontact, The Center for Development and Cooperation of the Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH-CDC), and Association for Swiss International Technical Connection (SITECO). It is financed by the Government of Indonesia and SECO.

Skills for Competitiveness project (S4C)

High-quality vocational education and continuing training in Bolivia

In Bolivia social marginalisation remains widespread and deeply rooted in the system. Women, rural populations, and indigenous groups in particular are affected by higher-than-average poverty rates.

In collaboration with the Bolivian foundation FAUTAPO, Swisscontact won the bid for a technical vocational education project in Bolivia. Bolivia is currently experiencing economic challenges, and it needs relatively innovative, flexible, and adaptable project implementation. The project’s ambitious goal is to prepare 34,300 youth and women for employment. The target groups are given a high-quality vocational education.

The Ministries of Education, Employment, and Development – in addition to other public and private institutions involved in education, production, and employment –share joint responsibility for the vocational education sector.

Widespread poverty despite economic progress in Tanzania

Despite Tanzania’s economic progress, 6+% annual growth over the past seven years, an estimated 12 million live in severe poverty on earnings of less than 0.60 US dollars per day and nearly 47 percent live on less than 1.90 US dollars a day. In spring 2018 the Skills for Employment Tanzania project (SET) will launch and will focus on labour market integration of youth in rural areas. The project is based on Swisscontact’s experience in other education projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, and Rwanda (PROMOST) as well as U-LEARN in Uganda. It also benefits from insights gained from the Skills for Life project in Kenya in applying information and communications technologies.

Our projects in Bolivia and Tanzania are financed by the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC).

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